The Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium, based out of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has announced seed grants of $50,000 each to three companies to develop medical devices for children. One of these companies is Myomo Inc.
According to a press release, Myomo is developing the MyoPro Motion-K device, a custom-fabricated, powered orthotic brace that amplifies weak muscle signals in children with neuromuscular disorders to help patients move. Other grant recipients include 410 Medical Inc. — which is developing a newer version of its LifeFlow device, a hand-operated infuser for blood delivery — and EarGear LLC, which has developed a device to gradually correct ear deformities in babies.
“We are once again delighted to support promising, innovative medical devices geared to the unmet clinical needs of children,” Matthew R. Maltese, PhD, of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and executive director and principal investigator of the Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC), said in the release.
The PPDC is reviewing proposals for its fourth round of funding opportunities and will announce award recipients later this year, the release noted. Applications are accepted from throughout the United States and from foreign companies.
Disclosure: The PPDC, a collaboration among the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania, reports funding from the FDA.